Image of Burn: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)


Image of Burn: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

Barr not only has crafted a fine mystery, but her smooth handling of plot and characterization makes for excellent reading. Anna Pigeon manages to handle the depths of human depravity without losing her own humanity, and yet, as humans do, she quavers as she walks that fine line.

National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is in New Orleans recovering from her latest adventure when she stumbles onto a new one involving a woman sought for murder, a thriving pedophile market, violence and corruption. At the same time, Anna has her suspicions about her friend’s tenant, who may have criminal tendencies and she discovers what appears to be an attempted curse on her life. In Seattle, a woman watches firemen pull what are presumed to be her children’s bodies out of her incinerated home. Under suspicion for their deaths, she changes her identity and flees, never believing her children have actually died. As Anna’s investigation intertwines with Claire’s search, the two collide and become partners, with neither realizing how much their lives might depend on each other. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 384 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper